Saturday, 21 March 2009

Kopi Lowak Coffee Cake

OK before you stop reading this recipe immediately if I refer to this recipe as the 'cat poo' coffee cake it's not real cat poo!

For Christmas (along with a signed copy of the new Nigella book!) my boyfriend James bought me what is said to be the best coffee in the world.

It's called Kopi Lowak and the reason it is so good? Well it comes from Lowak (cat) droppings, they eat the beans on the floor and because they only eat the good beans only the best ones see the light again!

So I decided to thank my dear Jamesy by making him a Cat Poo Coffee Cake! You don't have to use this type of coffee normal coffee will suffice!

RECIPE: A deliciously buzzing coffee cake filled with coffee icing, topped with walnuts and Kupi Lowak Coffee.
You will need:

For the cake:

150g wholemeal flour
150g butter
150g brown sugar
1 tspn baking powder
1 egg
1 tspn of instant coffee mixed with a small amount of water (to a paste)
100g Walnuts

For the icing:

150g icing sugar
150g butter
1 tspn of instant coffee mixed with a small amount of water (to a paste)
Dusting of cat poo coffee!
Walnuts to decorate

To Make:

1. Mix together the butter and the sugar

2. Once mixed add in the egg

3, Then add the flour and stir well

4. Make your coffee past and insert the coffee and walnuts into the cake batter

5. Then divide this mixture between two sandwich tins your should have just enough!

6. Put the cakes in the oven to bake for around 20 minutes until golden in colour at 180 degrees

In the meantime we can make the icing:

7. In a bowl 150g of butter

8. Add in a much icing sugar as it takes to make a solid icing

9. Flavour this icing with the coffee paste and Kopi Lowak powder to taste

10. Leave to rest until the cake has cooled

11. Once the cakes are cool spread a layer of icing in the middle of the cake

12. Sandwich the cakes together to form one cake

13. Spread another layer of icing on top of the cake evenly

14. You can then decorate this with a dusting of Kopi Luwak and sprinkle on some walnuts.

And it really is as simple as that. You can make any cake from a basic batter so get inventive in your kitchen and see what you can come up with!